The Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede, has pledged to refocus the anti-corruption war by adopting modalities capable of stimulating economic growth and development in the overall interests of Nigerians.
The Chairman gave this assurance on Friday, December 1, 2023 while addressing staff of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC at the Commission’s Office, GRA, Ilorin.
Reiterating his remarks before the Senate at his confirmation screening, Mr. Olukoyede promised a paradigm shift in the agency’s approach to anti-graft war to make it more proactive and result oriented.
“There is need for us to refocus our attention in EFCC. We need to define our scope of mandate with a view to stimulate the economy of the country. The era of stifling and crippling of businesses with unwarranted PNDs is gone. We must be able to separate proceeds of crime from legitimate funds. We must use the instrumentality of our mandate to create wealth and jobs for people. We will also use the instrumentality of our mandate to create conducive environment for businesses to thrive for a sustainable economic growth”, he said.
The EFCC chair also pledge to prioritize staff welfare, stressing that he was already in talks with the government for necessary support. “We have done it before and we are going to do it again”, he assured.
He tasked officers of the Commission to be above board and avoid acts of compromise in the line of duty stressing that as anti-graft officers, “we owe our nation the sacred duty of making this country free of corruption and its kindred crimes.”
Mr. Olukoyede who spoke extensively on his plans to move the anti-graft fight to the next level, urged staff of the Commission to continue to work together for a good course and see themselves as a body of officers having the same rights and privileges as encapsulated in Section 8 (5) of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004.
Earlier, the EFCC Chair was at the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Zulu Gambari, CFR where he called on traditional rulers to deepen their partnership with the Commission in order to reduce corruption through adequate promotion of ethics, values and behavioural change among their subjects.
Mr. Olukoyede told the Emir that the cardinal focus of his anti-graft fight was anchored on three key policies. “There is need to redirect our focus towards what we were set up to do in Nigeria, which is to drive economic development. We will also direct our attention to create wealth and employment by providing good and conducive environment for businesses to thrive”, he said.
Continuing, he said that his anti-corruption drive would be guided strictly by the rule of law while opening up atmosphere of accountability and transparency in the country.
In achieving these, the EFCC boss said that, “Our royal fathers have a crucial role to play by using your good offices to champion the crusade against corruption among your subjects.
While thanking the Emir of Ilorin for his commitment to the course of the anti-corruption fight of the EFCC since inception, the Mr. Olukoyede used the occasion to intimate the Emir of the planned commissioning of the new office complex of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Commission and requested his presence at the commissioning ceremony.
Responding, Alhaji Ibrahim Zulu Gambari, the Emir of Ilorin and chairman, Kwara State Traditional Council while welcoming the EFCC Chair to the ancient palace of Ilorin the capital city of the State of Harmony pledged not to relent efforts in supporting the EFCC and other law enforcement agencies in stamping out corruption and other form of criminalities in the State.
“Kwara State is a home of peace. As traditional rulers, we continue to play our roles in entrenching the peace for which the State is known for by inculcating values of integrity, discipline and honesty in the lives of our subjects, particularly in this modern time. I can assure you on behalf of other traditional rulers in the State that we will give necessary support to the efforts of the EFCC and other law enforcement agencies in checkmating corruption and other forms of criminality in our respective domains”, the Emir assured.
The EFCC Chair was accompanied on the visit to the Emir’s palace by the Zonal Commander, EFCC, Ilorin, Mr. Michael Nzekwe and his management team.
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